The following is a report from the Gaikindo Auto Expo motor show held in Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia, between 18th and 27th July. ASIMO attracts large crowds wherever the robot goes, and in Indonesia, he was again the center of attention among many children.
ASIMO's first appearance in Indonesia was at the Gaikindo Auto Expo motor show, held in Jakarta. ASIMO took part in the car display booth events between Saturday 19th and Tuesday 22nd July, and in the motorcycle booth events between Thursday 24th and Sunday 27th July. This was one of the robot's busiest schedules to date.
On 18th July, the day before the show opened to the public, ASIMO greeted the deputy prime minister of Indonesia, who was visiting the Expo. Many media representatives took note of ASIMO at this point and the following day's newspapers were full of reports of the robot's visit to Indonesia, raising the level of interest in ASIMO among Indonesian people to fever pitch. When the motor show opened, over 1,000 people visited ASIMO's demonstration each day, showing extreme popularity with the people of Indonesia.
ASIMO took part in the robot's trademark standing-on-one-leg competitions with children who came up on stage, as well as dancing and taking part in quiz events. In this way, ASIMO got to know the children of Indonesia better. ASIMO also appeared on stage with a four-year-old Indonesian child who is currently famous as a singer, and enjoyed her performance along with the assembled audience.